Kate Nash @katenashagent · 6d

Sam Byers @byers90

As a side note if I never hear the words “query letter”, “pitch”, “comp titles”, “approach” or “bio” again I’d be perfectly happy with that. Why not abandon all those things completely.

Completely agree @byers90.
I am not interested in any of this. I only pay attention to the actual writing from the writer.

(I really, really don't like being called "Dear Sir" though - by anyone under any context. Nothing to do with publishing.)


Jennifer Laughran @literaticat · Jul 1

Lots of times people ask "why do chapter books seem to always be series" so I wrote down everything I know on the topic! #chapterbooks #askagent


Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Jul 1

Michael Handrick @MichaelHandrick

#askagent, I’ve heard from a few writer friends that they had agents say they love the submission but don’t sign the author. What may be reasons behind this?

Replying to @MichaelHandrick

Several reasons: it could be that they represent something too similar, that they just don't think they'd be able to sell it, that their lists are very full, or that it's in an area they don't really work.

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Jul 1

Ms Barney Harper @MsBarneyHarper

How do I choose an agent for my non-fiction book? Does it have to be complete? How do I find which agent represented a similar book in my genre. #AskAgent

Replying to @MsBarneyHarper

Do some research. The Writers & Artists yearbook and websites like Jericho Writers are great resources.
Non-fiction doesn't always have to be finished but you would need a clear outline and sample chapters.

Juliet Mushens @mushenska · Jul 1

Feargus Woods Dunlop @thisactorslife

How do you strike the balance between already having something too similar & it being too far out of your remit/interests? #AskAgent

Replying to @thisactorslife

I would say that I represent books in the same genre for sure but the pitch can’t be too close. So two novels which are thrillers set in Cornwall, fine, two novels which are thrillers set in Cornwall where a nun is the detective - not fine #askagent

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Jul 1

Rebecca E Roberts @BeckyERoberts

#AskAgent If you're approached by someone who has already been published, would you check out their previous work, or is your decision based entirely on the MS submitted?

Replying to @BeckyERoberts

The decision would be based purely on what is in front of me but, if interested, I would check out previous books - both because it would be relevant if pitching and because I'm nosey! 🕵️‍♀️

Juliet Mushens @mushenska · Jul 1

Elizabeth Frattaroli @ELIZFRAT

Do you prefer your authors to have a brand and stick to one genre/target age range, or would you encourage people to try and diversify once they are established? (I'm thinking particularly of YA writers at present, as I know some have been asked to write up or down) #askagent

Replying to @ELIZFRAT

If I sign someone for a novel in X genre, I know it's likely that the publisher will want to build them in that area - readers tend to be loyal to genre rather than author, unless they are successfully established already. However, you can diversify with pen names etc #AskAgent

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Jul 1

May Ngo @mayngo2

@julietpickering @ESAlexander4 Hello, how much should you have of your manuscript done before querying an agent? Should it definitely be completed? #askagent

Replying to @mayngo2

If you are writing fiction I'd say you should definitely have the whole book written and edited. Few things are more disappointing than requesting something based on a brilliant sample and then have to wait 6 months to read the rest. You lose momentum.

Lina Langlee @LinaLanglee · Jul 1

David Barker @BlueGold201

@jounwin Voice, setting, plot. Please rank in order of importance when receiving a submission. Thanks #AskAgent

Replying to @BlueGold201

I'd agree with Jo and want all three. If I ABSOLUTELY had to pick (cruel) voice would be the most important to me. Plot and setting is easier to edit.

Juliet Mushens @mushenska · Jul 1

MyRejections @MyRejections

Why do increasing amounts of agents just not get back to writers at all, despite their website promises? Excluding the lovely & polite agents replying to this hashtag of course...



Replying to @MyRejections

I do respond to every submission, which is a time-consuming process. However, it can be quite painful to take the time to read & respond and then receive a snarky, mean spirited reply: my rejection is never intended personally, whereas people often take them that way. #AskAgent

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